“The Fight Ain’t Over so the Party Don’t Stop!” is the slogan for Zumba‘s current fundraisier – Party in Pink! Zumba hosts Zumbathon events all over the world, with all proceeds going towards the fight against breast cancer. Zumba has partnered with Susan G. Komen to raise money through DANCE. Get up off that thing and join the movement! Whether it’s one person, or one hundred, every little bit helps. Together, we are unstoppable.
For two years now, Zumba and Komen have been working towards a $3,000,000 Research Grant that is focused on prevention research. Specifically, the researchers have been looking into the effects of flaxseed on pre-menopausal women, a promising solution given the easy availability of flaxseed worldwide.
“I thought I was going to have to wear the same clothes everyday to school this year,” -Shirley, Operation School Bell recipient
“No child should wear poverty to school”
The Assistance League of Greater Portland is now in its 50th year of service to its community! Assistance League members have “assisted victims of assault, provided Life Story Books to foster children, and impacted young men in transition by working with Janus Youth.” They have also made a huge impact through the national flagship program Operation School Bell. Operation School Bell provides new clothing for over 2000 children and youth living below the poverty level in the Portland area. One member submitted this story:
“Operation School Bell® took a freshman girl, Shirley, on a shopping trip after her family’s apartment was totally gutted by fire. She had only her pajamas and flip flops. A friend gave her a pair of jeans and a top to wear and the program provided funds for underwear, tops, jeans and shoes. Shirley will start high school looking just like her friends. Self confidence goes a long way when meeting new challenges.”
The Assistance League of Greater Portland Board
Congratulations, Cheri P.! Our super shopper of the month earned $271.10 for her cause, The New England Thoroughbred Retirement Center.
The New England Thoroughbred Retirement Center’s mission is to “place Thoroughbred racehorses into loving new homes and exciting new careers.” They take racehorses who are no longer able to compete, rehabilitate and retrain them, and find new homes for them. They’ve placed Thoroughbreds all over the world, with new lives as “dressage, hunter-jumper and eventing prospects, as trail horses, Pony Club and 4-H projects, as school horses and as beloved family pets and companion animals.”
For her tremendous efforts, Cheri will receive a $100 gift card to Ulta Beauty.
Chantecaille has taken up the cause of protecting and conserving our wolf population! As they put it, “As top predators, wolves play a vital role in maintaining the natural balance of the environment. When wolves are present in our national parks, our forests, prairies, waters and all other animals are at their healthiest. While wolves have been reintroduced into the wild they are no longer protected as an endangered species in certain regions.”
2008 photo of a Lookout Pack wolf, Photo: Conservation Northwest
Chantecaille has created a Protect The Wolves collection, with 5% of all profits going to the non-profit Conservation Northwest! Conservation Northwest focuses on many aspects of wildlife and habitat preservation in the Pacific Northwest, including wolves. They believe that ” Washington can be the state where natural wolf recovery and management works in the long run; for people, wolves and all the Northwest’s wildlife.” They safeguard that recovery by helping to reduce conflicts and build social tolerance.
In the late 90s, a PTO president and class mom realized that for every field trip, class project, or activity, there were a couple students who couldn’t afford to join in. That realization sparked a small-scale, grassroots organization that identifies those needs which could be keeping children from a full educational experience and helps to alleviate those needs through an email network of donors. e-Angels Incorporated has since grown from the PTO of one solitary elementary school into a non-profit that has helped almost 900 kids at 19 different schools. e-Angels describes their mission as “Helping children fully participate in a rich educational experience regardless of socio-economic status.”
“e-Angels is an outstanding idea of providing support to our students. We have used e-angels for the past 7 years. The teachers are aware of this program and do all requests through my office. e-Angels brings smiles to the faces of students when the teacher tells the student and parent that his/her field trip has been funded. Many grandparents, parents and friends of Sunrise continue on with e-Angels to support our students.”
Barry K. Pichard, Principal Sunrise Elementary School, Brevard Co., FL
Rebecca P. is our super shopper of the month! She raised $420.75 for her cause, Glenda’s Gift!Glenda’s Gift is an animal shelter with a twist: they provide end of life care to senior and/or sick animals that are turned down by standard shelters. With a vet tech as one of the two primary caretakers at Glenda’s Gift, the shelter is able to handle more complex cases and provide sanctuary to animals in the last years of their lives.
As a thanks, Rebecca will receive a $150 gift card from Gyft.
The hotel chain Extended Stay America has partnered with the American Cancer Society in an unprecedented donation – 40,000 free or significantly reduced hotel rooms for cancer patients. Over the course of two years, Extended Stay America will provide a home away from home from those traveling for life-saving cancer treatments. The partnership, called Keys of Hope, is intended to alleviate the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge program, as it is often operating at full capacity. Extended Stay America’s donated rooms expand that capacity immensely, while curating a pleasant, home-like environment for those struggling with the burdens of fighting cancer.
“What is more important than the gift of life?
Since beginning in November 2011, Baby Quest Foundation, a 501 c (3) charity, has awarded grants to 30 couples having difficulty conceiving. With most assisted reproduction not covered by insurance and 7.3 million Americans yearly seeking help for infertility, there is a growing need for financial assistance for infertility. There are now 7 Baby Quest babies with 6 current pregnancies and several recipients currently undergoing procedures. The charity is completely volunteer and has awarded more than $200,000 in cash and in-kind donations,” (story submitted by member).
Baby Quest exists to help grant would-be parents their dream – a healthy, living, breathing, child. Something so small that for so many, is out of reach due to fertility issues, same-sex couples, or singles wishing to conceive.
Put your hands together for Michelle C., our super shopper, who raised $218 for her cause, The Cat House on the Kings!
The Cat House on the Kings is the largest cat sanctuary in California! It’s a no-kill, cage free shelter on a beautiful property on the Kings River. The Cat House is focused on placing cats in safe, loving homes and educating the public about responsible pet ownership. The founder of The Cat House has a remarkable story to tell – the transformation from bringing home a box of 15 kittens in 1992 to sheltering over 700 cats today is pretty incredible.
Brought to you by Rice Force natural moisturizing skincare. Michelle will be receiving the Rice Force 3 piece full size moisturizing regimen with retail value of $260.
Twillory has teamed up with the charity CareerGear to make donating used clothing SO MUCH EASIER! With every Twillory purchase, they include a pre-paid mailer bag for you to put all of your old dress shirts. Twillory takes the old shirts, inspects them, launders them, and then donates them to CareerGear to be distributed to those in need.
The partnership between Twillory and CareerGear brings the donation process right to your doorstep, making it so much easier to get those old clothes out of your closet. And, on the flip side, your repurposed clothing will help the unemployed, homeless, and disaster-stricken, giving them one less thing to worry about.